Report: Obama’s new Afghanistan ambassador is … Bush’s old Iraq ambassador

posted at 9:04 pm on April 26, 2011 by Allahpundit

That would be Ryan Crocker, of course. Please don’t confuse him with David Petraeus, Obama’s top Afghanistan commander who used to be … Bush’s top Iraq commander. Or with Robert Gates, Obama’s Secretary of Defense who used to be … Bush’s Secretary of Defense.

Gates, of course, is stepping down in a few months. At this rate, I wonder if O will replace him with Rumsfeld.

The move would reunite Crocker with Gen. David Petraeus in a rerun of the diplomatic and military “dream team” credited with rescuing the flagging American mission in Iraq. In the coming months, Obama will have to name replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, other senior military leaders and probably Petraeus himself…

U.S. military and civilian defense leaders call 2011 the make-or-break year for turning around the war and laying the path for a gradual U.S. exit by 2015. The main obstacles are the uncertain leadership and weak government of Karzai, the open question of whether the Taliban can be integrated into Afghan political life and the continued safe harbor Pakistan provides for militants attacking U.S. and NATO forces over the border in Afghanistan…

The diplomatic heft Crocker may be able to bring to the post and his experience running the civilian side of a war alongside Petraeus could help Obama cement recent military gains ahead of the planned withdrawal. But bringing back the duo that helped salvage former President George W. Bush’s political fortunes in Iraq also risks making Obama look desperate or lacking new ideas for the war he said was more important than Iraq…

If Crocker is nominated and confirmed, it would be a return to Afghanistan after a caretaker stint nine years ago when he reopened the U.S. Embassy after the Taliban regime was ousted in Afghanistan.

Bill Kristol proposed reuniting the Petraeus/Crocker tandem last year when McChrystal resigned, a fact bound to make this appointment even more queasy to the left. It makes perfect sense, though: As noted by the AP, Crocker has wide experience in the region and some in Afghanistan itself, and he and Petraeus do have a famously good working relationship from their Iraq days. The only nuance is that … Petraeus is likely leaving by the end of the year, possibly to succeed Mullen as Joint Chiefs chairman or possibly to succeed Panetta at the CIA. Which makes me wonder if this move is designed as some earnest surge-type attempt to stabilize the country or more as political cover for Obama with a major withdrawal already in mind. If he gives the team that worked miracles in Iraq a cursory chance to get Afghanistan on track and they can’t do it, he can order a pullout claiming that we gave it our very best shot. And even if they can get it on track — at this point, frankly, I don’t even know what that would mean — a major withdrawal is likely in the offing soon anyway, especially with Obama’s approval ratings on the war sinking and with the election around the corner.

As a quick window into what Crocker and Petraeus are facing, here’s former Clinton administration ambassador Peter Galbraith succinctly describing the suffusive corruption of Karzai’s government. You don’t need any special occasion to reflect on that, but the springboard in this case is that insane Taliban jailbreak in Kandahar that released hundreds of fighters back into the country just as the spring offensive is set to begin. Everyone but everyone, including Afghans, thinks it was an inside job. No confidence.


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Obama is GWB, NO Hope, No Change

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Everything old is new again.

Hening on April 26, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Hehehehehe!

ronsfi on April 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Of course the prison break was an inside job. Why we don’t simply set up shop there and appoint Crocker Overlord is beyond me.

Aquateen Hungerforce on April 26, 2011 at 9:10 PM

You don’t suppose that Wolfowitz is in the bullpen warming up, do you?

MJBrutus on April 26, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Gates, of course, is stepping down in a few months. At this rate, I wonder if O will replace him with Rumsfeld.

Snarkalicious. Unlikely, but wouldn’t you just love to see Rummy’s face if that invitation were offered? I suppose his book was a pre-emptive measure designed to prevent just such a thing from happening.

Everyone but everyone, including Afghans, thinks it was an inside job.

And I’m pretty sure the shovels were paid for with American military aid dollars and imported from China.

cynccook on April 26, 2011 at 9:14 PM

In Afcrapistan Obama is to Bush much as LBJ was to Kennedy in Vietnam. Much the same advisers and escalate, escalate, escalate the Blood and Treasure.

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Too funny

Nice post Allah

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Obama is a moderate Republican!

/sesquipedouchebag

fossten on April 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

I dare Obama to run against the Bush record in 2012. It’s all Bush’s fault? Sorry, won’t work this time.

joejm65 on April 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Obama is LBJ II.

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Obama/Cheney 2012

Mark1971 on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

You know he will Joe….he’s good at doubling down on stupid

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Obama is a moderate Republican!

/sesquipedouchebag

fossten on April 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Did that get banned???

BigWyo on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

So,its another Hopey “Bush Inheritance” thingy..eh!!

canopfor on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

So,Obama is,”Bush’s Third Term”!(sarc).

canopfor on April 26, 2011 at 9:22 PM

U.S. military and civilian defense leaders call 2011 the make-or-break year for turning around the war

As they called 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Obama/Cheney 2012

Mark1971 on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

*snicker*

BigWyo on April 26, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Obama/Cheney 2012

Mark1971 on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Beat me to it! :)

ThePrez on April 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Speaking of the Taliban!
========================

Special Forces Killing Taliban Upclose
April 26 2011
**************

http://viralfootage.com/?p=13871

canopfor on April 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM

and he and Petraeus do have a famously good working relationship from their Iraq days.

Two Mad Hatters should get along well.

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:26 PM

It’s a sure bet Canopfor…..don’t blame me, blame W…..the man has no integrity

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM

The Mad Hatter Goes to War

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM

It’s a sure bet Canopfor…..don’t blame me, blame W…..the man has no integrity

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:28 PM

cmsinaz:Now that you mentioned it,I wonder if this is part
of the template for Obama setting up for his 2012
reelection bid,to re-blame(If thats possible)Bush
all over again…..on the Afghan theatre!-Le Ugh!:)

canopfor on April 26, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I don’t care who he puts in charge…I predicted 2 years ago that under his ‘leadership’, everything would go to ‘$hit’ over there and it has…and it will continue to go t ‘$hit’ until he’s gone.

AUINSC on April 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Obama is a moderate Republican!

/sesquipedouchebag

fossten on April 26, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Did that get banned???

BigWyo on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Not yet, we’re still kicking it around.

fossten on April 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

So the new ambassador is the old one. Barry’s not interested in investing any time in Afghanistan (the war we must win!). He’s just going through the motions until bail-out time.

When it all turns to crap, it will be George Bush’s fault. In the meantime, Barry has a tee time to get to.

GarandFan on April 26, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Real World Realities transcend ideology and rhetoric

jp on April 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Gates, of course, is stepping down in a few months. At this rate, I wonder if O will replace him with Rumsfeld.

*Snorts scotch out nose*

Maybe the funniest thing you’ve ever written, AP.

massrighty on April 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

You know what this is don’t you??? His main focus is on changing destroying this country…foreign policy takes a back seat to his master plan. The wars have dragged on and on…and that’s fine with The PantLoad.

The Wars Must Go on Says President Easy Bake!! Full steam ahead!!

But in the meantime, the more Americans he can get on the government tit…the better!!!

And he’s doing one Hell of a job.

BigWyo on April 26, 2011 at 9:35 PM

There is no comparison between President Bush and zero

I would much prefer the condition of the country run by George than what the Kenyan dandy has been constructing with the help of his handlers

any ody who thinks that is very misguided

Sonosam on April 26, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Yepper Canopfor

Same strategy, different day

Yawn

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

The Taliban were in jail for the winter so they got fed and had a roof over their heads.

Now that it is spring, it is time for them to get out and fight the infidels and the apostates.

slp on April 26, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Yepper Canopfor
=============

Same strategy, different day

Yawn

cmsinaz on April 26, 2011 at 9:40 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on April 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Well lick my boots and call me shiny! You mean to tell me there ain’t no available draft dodging hippy weather underground type with international experience?

txhsmom on April 26, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Obama/Cheney 2012

Mark1971 on April 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Oh, you’re evil. You’ve landed on the only way in the world that I would ever vote for Obama.

*swoon*

LASue on April 26, 2011 at 9:59 PM

a fact bound to make this appointment even more queasy to the left.

I think they’re all busy writing death threats to the wrong Koch Brothers. Iraq, Afghanistan… that’s so yesterday.

Go RBNY on April 26, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Somebody gave Obama Bush’s old daybooks without telling him and he’s following them without knowing what he’s doing.

He’ll give Bush’s 2007 SOTU Address next January.

profitsbeard on April 26, 2011 at 10:36 PM

It has been so long I’ve forgotten the doctrine that W formulated for his almost eight years of victory in Afghanistan. Obama should follow that too so he can start piling up years of victory.

j/k the word victory went out of use after the third cup of tea.

BL@KBIRD on April 26, 2011 at 10:43 PM

This is disturbing to me, because it tends to indicate that little Bammie has the capability to learn, and that goes against all that I know about him.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2011 at 10:50 PM

http://www.firesigntheatre.com/afghan/index.html

Del Dolemonte on April 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM

HalJordan on April 26, 2011 at 9:15 PM

So I guess you will be voting for Nixon then.

Really Right on April 27, 2011 at 12:46 AM

So our military and allies are going to have to fight these people twice, that’s what the prison break means. Am I the only one that thinks our military service people should only have to fight them once? You can’t win the hearts and minds of people who discount everyone else who are not Muslim, they simply dismiss as “Infidels”.

These Afghan cave people think they are our superiors. It’s that simple. The Taliban were the least corrupt form of government the Afghans had for sometime. When we leave (projected 2014) they will take over Afghanistan, and they will go back to what they were doing before we showed up in November of 2001. If we left today, the Afghans would settle things among themselves, and it wouldn’t have anything to do with any form of “Democracy”. We don’t need to be the arbitrator in a cooling off period of a Civil War that’s been going off, and on for about 25 years.

Dr Evil on April 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM